Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has recounted how he went hard on his childhood bully years after meeting again.
The 53-year-old who rose to the pinnacle of his professional boxing career hanged his gloves in 2005 after winning 50 out of his 58 bouts.
He lost six fights in his entire career after knocking his opponents out 44 times in his entire boxing fights.
Daily Star reports that Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion ever after major victories Trevor Berbick, Larry Holmes and Carl Williams.
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The American was known for his swiftness and heavy punches which helped him become one of the most respected boxers in the world.
Meanwhile, the early stage for the New York-born retired fighter was tough as he became an easy target for some bullies in his school.
Tyson was known for wearing glasses and had a speech impediment thereby making him a target for an older boy who stole his eyeglasses and then beat him up during his first grade.
He said: “I still feel like a coward to this day because of that bullying. “That’s a wild feeling, being that helpless. You never ever forget that feeling.”
Tyson later explained how he got his revenge: “I began to exact some revenge for the beatings I had taken from bullies.
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“I’d be walking with some friends, and I might see one of the guys who beat me up and bullied me years earlier.
“He might have gone into a store shopping, and I would drag his a*s out of the store and start pummeling him.
“I didn’t even tell my friends why, I’d just say, ‘I hate that motherf****r over there,’ and they’d jump in too and rip his f*****g clothes and beat his f*****g a*s.
“That guy who took my glasses and threw them away? I beat him in the streets like a f*****g dog for humiliating me. He may have forgotten about it, but I never did.”
However, the 53-year-old revealed he missed being who he was, as the most feared man on the planet in the 80’s, but he does not want to live that kind of life anymore.
Tyson held the heavyweight championship at the age of 21, and brutalized opponents in the division before suffering his first loss to James Buster Douglas.